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24 January 2023

Posted by Tabby Hayward

Promises & Canterbury Tales

Look up definitions of any characters you’re unsure of – note down what each of them do.

What would the modern day versions of these characters be? Our society is very different from Chaucer’s – it’s less religious, there are fewer wars, jobs are different…

List some modern day versions of Chaucer’s pilgrims who represent the world we live in now – and draw them too if you like!

E.g. The politician, the teacher, the train driver, the social media influencer, the nurse, the protester…

Also bear in mind the theme of ‘Promises, Promises!’

 

Zoe 18:22

Let me tell you all about my job, of how promises are made and broken every day. As you know politicians will do anything to get power. But some promises just can’t be kept like the promise to the environment and how to fix the strikes. As the cost of living rises more go on strike:  rail workers, bus drivers, teachers, nurses, and ambulance staff. We promise them more money, but it isn’t going to happen. They ask for a 5% increase but all it will do is make more go on strike, if we do it cost of living will go up more and we will want more Tax. Then the whole country will be in chaos. We are all already struggling with not enough energy and a million other problems, so we promise to fix them but to be honest we are in disrepair. We probably brought it on ourselves after Covid but the government looks stupid, continuously breaking promises and breaking our own laws. Like not wearing a seatbelt while recording a video to go on social media or having parties during lockdown.


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